The Mummy's Hand


1h 7m 1940
The Mummy's Hand

Brief Synopsis

Archaeologists are stalked by a resurrected mummy during an Egyptian dig.

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Film Details

Genre
Horror
Release Date
Sep 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

As he prepares to die, the High Priest of Karnac passes to his disciple Andoheb the secrets of Karas, the 3,000 year old mummy who guards the tomb of Princess Ananka. Meanwhile, in Cairo, archaeologist Steve Banning believes that he has discovered a broken vase that will lead him to Ananka's tomb. He is discouraged from his efforts by Andoheb, an archaeology professor who, as the new High Priest of Karnac, has a secret motive for keeping all infidels from his princess' tomb. Unable to raise the money for an expedition, Steve is about to give up his quest when he and his friend, Babe Jenson, convince American magician Solvani and his daughter Marta to put up the money. Following the directions found on the vase, Steve leads the expedition to the Valley of the Jackals, where, unknown to them, Karas is kept alive by a secret formula administered by Andoheb. When the moon is full, the mummy awakens to protect his princess and destroy all those who threaten her solitude. After archaeologist Dr. Petrie and guide Ali fall victim to the mummy's curse, Karas kidnaps Marta and takes her to Ananka's tomb, where the crazed Andoheb prepares to make her immortal by administering a secret formula of tana leaves. Discovering the secret passageway to the tomb, Steve and Babe burst in just in time to save Marta and destroy the mummy in a shower of flames.

Film Details

Genre
Horror
Release Date
Sep 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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The Mummy's Hand


Archaeologists are stalked by a resurrected mummy during an Egyptian dig.

Producer: Ben Pivar
Director: Christy Cabanne
Screenplay: Griffin Jay (story and screenplay); Maxwell Shane (screenplay);Ben Pivar (treatment contributor, uncredited); John L. Balderston (1932 screenplay, uncredited); Nina Wilcox Putnam, Richard Schayer (1932 screen story, both uncredited)
Cinematography: Elwood Bredell
Art Direction: Jack Otterson
Music: Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner (both uncredited)
Film Editing: Philip Cahn
Cast: Dick Foran (Steve Banning), Peggy Moran (Marta Solvani), Wallace Ford (Babe Jenson), Eduardo Cianelli (The High Priest), George Zucco (Professor Andoheb), Cecil Kelloway (The Great Solvani), Charles Trowbridge (Dr. Petrie), Tom Tyler (Kharis), Siegfried Arno (The Beggar), Eddie Foster (Egyptian Starting Fight).
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The Mummy's Hand

The Mummy's Hand

Archaeologists are stalked by a resurrected mummy during an Egyptian dig. Producer: Ben Pivar Director: Christy Cabanne Screenplay: Griffin Jay (story and screenplay); Maxwell Shane (screenplay);Ben Pivar (treatment contributor, uncredited); John L. Balderston (1932 screenplay, uncredited); Nina Wilcox Putnam, Richard Schayer (1932 screen story, both uncredited) Cinematography: Elwood Bredell Art Direction: Jack Otterson Music: Hans J. Salter, Frank Skinner (both uncredited) Film Editing: Philip Cahn Cast: Dick Foran (Steve Banning), Peggy Moran (Marta Solvani), Wallace Ford (Babe Jenson), Eduardo Cianelli (The High Priest), George Zucco (Professor Andoheb), Cecil Kelloway (The Great Solvani), Charles Trowbridge (Dr. Petrie), Tom Tyler (Kharis), Siegfried Arno (The Beggar), Eddie Foster (Egyptian Starting Fight). BW-67m.

Quotes

You are very beautiful... so beautiful I'm going to make you immortal. Like Kharis, you will live forever. What I can do for you I can do for myself. Neither time nor death can touch us. You and I together for eternity here in the Temple of Karnak. You shall be my high priestess.
- Andoheb

Trivia

The temple scenes reused sets from Green Hell (1940)

'Tom Tyler' perfected mummy's stumbling gait, and was aided significantly by his arthritis.

Notes

In onscreen credits, Cecil Kellaway's name was misspelled as "Cecil Kelloway." According to the Variety review, the sequences showing the ancient Egyptian excavations were originally processed with green tinted film. This picture was followed by the 1942 Universal film The Mummy's Tomb, which also featured Dick Foran, Wallace Ford and George Zucco.